SAN JOSE – Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has acquired a seventh round selection (188th overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, defenseman Michael Vernace and left wing Brett Sterling from the Atlanta Thrashers in exchange for future considerations.
Vernace and Sterling are due to become free agents on July 1.
The Sharks now hold six selections in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft set for June 25-26 in Los Angeles: First round (28th overall), third round (88th overall), fifth round (127th, 129th and 136th overall) and seventh round (188th overall)
It's a tribute to him, and everything he's done and deserved is coming to fruition tonight with his jersey in the rafters. He's going to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer. And I said today, if he's not, take my stuff out. If he doesn't deserve to be in there first ballot, no one does. Except for (Wayne) Gretzky, I guess.
— Hockey Hall of Fame member Brett Hull on former teammate Mike Modano, whose No. 9 was retired by the Dallas Stars on Saturday